Lydiah Kemunto Bosire

Founder/CEO, 8B Education Investments

Dr. Lydiah Kemunto Bosire is the Founder and CEO of 8B Education Investments, the first VC-backed student finance platform facilitating affordable loans for Africa’s globally mobile university students. 8B’s platform innovatively brings together lenders and universities, and equips students to search, compare, and apply for financing options, thereby building a bridge to the fastest-growing, university age population in the world.

Lydiah and 8B have been featured on CNN International, Bloomberg, and on Forbes. 8B was invited to make a commitment at the September 2022 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The mission of 8B is to enable African brilliance to have a global impact.
Lydiah also serves on the Board of Directors of WorldQuant University.

Prior to leading 8B, Lydiah’s career spanned nearly two decades as a diplomat including serving at the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General at the UN Secretariat, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization. An expert in development finance, at the UN, she managed the relationship with the World Bank on the Global Concessionary Financing Facility. Previously, she served as an advisor to the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program at Schimdt Futures, a mentor of the Oxford Women in Business network, on the founding Board of Directors of Keep a Child Alive, on the Council of the Global Citizen Impact Funds, as a Senior Advisor at MacroAdvisory Partners, and on the UWC Atlantic College Advisory Council. Earlier in her serial problem-solving career, she co-founded Oxford Transitional Justice Research, and pioneered the YouthForce HIV/AIDS advocacy platform while still in college.
Lydiah holds a doctorate (D.Phil) in Politics from the University of Oxford (New College). She holds additional degrees from Oxford and Cornell.